• Client

    JV between Prosperity Capital Partners and London & UK Property – Prosperity Student Living Derby Ltd

  • Location


  • Contractor/Developer

    D W Hicks

  • Project Size


  • Build Time
    20 weeks

The project: New accommodation had been approved for the University of Derby at a prestigious location in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. Contractor D W Hicks had been awarded the work – a £14m 350-bed scheme to be ready for the start of the 2016 autumn term.

The brief: A seven-storey accommodation block, serviced by lifts and with 350 rooms arranged in a six-bed cluster layout comprising ensuite rooms, communal lounge and kitchen.

It was a fast-track project which wouldn’t allow for the build times associated with traditional methods, so Hicks had to turn to offsite options.

The solution: After researching the market, following up referral leads and a factory visit, Fusion’s light gauge steel system was chosen for the project. Within just 20 weeks, Fusion’s entire process was complete – from order to erection on site. This neat, predictable timeline slotted easily into the overall build programme for the project, and resulted in the development being completed two months ahead of schedule. Handover to the University was in August 2016.

“A great deal of our work is in the student market and in my opinion, offsite is the only way forward.”

Martyn HicksDirector, D W Hicks